Five Plays That Shaped The Game: Week 2

September, 18, 2012
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A look back at the Jets' 27-10 loss to the Steelers, highlighting five key plays:

1. The Head Shot. With 13:51 left in the second quarter, QB Mark Sanchez roamed outside the pocket, looking downfield, and he was victimized by a helmet-to-helmet blow from Lawrence Timmons. The Steelers linebacker was penalized 15 yards, and he could get fined by the league. Sanchez insisted he wasn't affected, but the numbers tell a different story. After the play, he completed only six of 22 passes.

2. The Missed Read. The Jets scored a touchdown on their first possession, and they appeared to be heading toward another, but TE Jeff Cumberland failed to read a blitz -- a costly mistake. On a third-and-5 from the Steelers' 19, Sanchez saw blitz, called an audible and threw "hot" to Cumberland. But Cumberland never looked back and the ball hit him in the back. The Jets had to settle for a field goal, killing momentum.

3. Late Charge. Big-hitting S LaRon Landry was guilty of a blatant late hit at the end of a 19-yard reception by Emmanuel Sanders in the second quarter. An overhead replay showed that Sanders was at least two yards out of bounds when he was drilled. Another 13 yards was tacked on to the play, setting up the Steelers at the Jets' 14. Three plays later, they scored the go-ahead touchdown.

4. "The Killer." On a third-and-16 from the Jets' 37, Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger beat a blitz and found Mike Wallace for a touchdown -- the knockout punch. Rex Ryan called it a "killer." The Jets rushed five, with an overload blitz in Roethlisberger's face. LB David Harris came free up the middle, but he missed Big Ben, who sidestepped the pressure and heaved a rainbow. CB Antonio Cromartie misplayed the ball in the air and watched helplessly as Wallace used some fancy footwork to get both feet down in the end zone. It gave the Steelers a 20-10 lead.

5. The Muff. Any hope of a comeback was dashed a few minutes later when Jeremy Kerley muffed a punt at his own 38. Ryan Mundy recovered for the Steelers. Kerley called it a "selfish" play on his part, saying he should've opted for a fair catch. The Jets would've had good field position, down 10 points. It was the only turnover of the game, but it was a big one.

Rich Cimini

ESPN New York Jets reporter

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